IST Courses on Algebraic Geometry - 2013
June 25-28, 2013 - Porto, Portugal
Geometry of Higgs Bundles
Higgs bundles appear in several guises including (a) as
solutions to gauge-theoretic equations for connections and sections of a
bundle (b) as holomorphic realizations of fundamental group
representations or, equivalently, local systems and (c) as special cases
of principal bundles with extra structure (principal pairs). Each point
of view leads to a construction of a moduli space, i.e. a geometric
object whose points parametrize equivalence classes of Higgs bundles.
The first part of this mini course will explain these different points
of view and describe how they are related. We will then explore some key
topological and geometric features of the moduli spaces. We will confine
attention to Higgs bundles over closed Riemann surfaces.
resources for the lectures
About the courses
The course is the seventh of a series of courses aimed at graduate
students and researchers in the area of algebraic geometry and
researchers from other areas. The courses usually take place at the
Instituto Superior Técnico (Lisbon) but this year's edition will take
place at the University of Porto.
Location and travel information
The lectures will take place at the Department of
de Ciências da Universidade do Porto, Porto, Portugal.
A Google map with location of the hotels, the Casa da Música metro station
and the Mathematics Department can be found here.
- Arrival by
Airport (OPO) is about 15 km from the Mathematics Departments and the
hotels. There is a direct metro connection from the airport; the
closest station (10-15 minutes walk to the hotels and Mathematics
da Música. A taxi from the airport will cost 15-20 euros.
- Arrival by train: Most trains arrive in Campanhã station, see the
CP web page for timetables, etc. From
here you can either take the metro to Casa
da Música and walk, or
no. 207 to the
(near the Mathematics Department) or the
Massarelos (near the hotels).
Schedule for the lectures
||Tuesday, June 25 (Room 0.29/1.07)
||Wednesday, June 26 (Room 1.07)
||Thursday, June 27 (Room 1.22)
||Friday, June 28 (Room 1.22)
|| Bradlow (Room 0.29)
|| García-Prada (Room 1.07)
Room 1.21 has been reserved for the use of participants outside
the times of the lectures.
You are responsible for making your own hotel reservations.
Special rates for participants have been negotiated with the Hotéis
To take advantage of these prices, please book through the
or mention the IST courses 2013 offer in your direct contact with the hotels.
- HF Ipanema Park ***** - Single (Standard): 58¤,
Twin (Standard): 63¤,
Single / Twin (Executive): 73¤, Extra Bed: 30¤.
- HF Ipanema Porto **** - Single (Standard): 55¤,
Twin (Standard): 59¤, Extra Bed: 26¤.
- HF Fénix Porto **** - Single (Standard): 55¤,
Twin (Standard): 59¤,
Single / Twin (Privilege): 68¤, Extra Bed: 26¤.
- HF Tuela
Porto *** - Single (Standard): 52¤,
Twin (Standard): 55¤,
Extra Bed: 20¤.
If you are looking for a cheaper alternative, a nice option is the
following (about 30 minutes walk from the department; nearest metro
station (15 minutes walk) Trindade, nearest bus
no. 207) Hosp. Sto. António).
Here is a list of some other hotels which are conveniently located in the
vicinity of the department (10-15 minutes walk):
There are no fees for participation but registration is
compulsory. The deadline for registration was May 31, 2013 but if you
are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to the organizer.
List of Participants.
Please contact Peter Gothen by e-mail to
pbgothen(at)fc.up.pt, including the text "IST Courses" in the subject
line of your message.
Please note that no financial support will be available for
Last modified: June 25, 2013